Red & White Christmas in the Dining Room

Christmas Decorating Ideas in Dining Room

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One room down. Four to go …   or five, if I decide to decorate the master bedroom for Christmas.   But I’m on the fence. Mostly because the time I spend in the master […]

Weight Watchers Breakfast Recipe: Egg in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Breakfast Recipe Idea from Weight Watchers

I’ll be perfectly honest with you. When I spotted this Weight Watchers breakfast recipe on the Weight Watcher’s site, I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea.   I mean, I liked the 2-point value.   I liked the idea of eggs.   I liked the idea of tomato sauce. Served up spicy.   I liked […]

Ernie’s Visible Differences …


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IAMS™ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.   I’ll be perfectly honest with you. When I signed Ernie up for the IAMS™ Visible Differences challenge I was skeptical.   I can’t help it. I’m just built that way.   But I signed us up anyway. […]

Handmade Christmas Ornament & A Blog Hop

Christmas Craft Ideas: Handmade Ornament from Paper

I had this project mapped out in my head for over a month now. Ever since Vicki at 2 Bees in a Pod invited me to a handmade Christmas ornament blog hop.   I knew I wanted to make an origami Christmas tree ornament.   I knew I wanted to add some bling with beads.   […]

Christmas Craft: Paper Trees

Christmas Craft Ideas: Paper Christmas Trees

Navigating the aisles of the craft store can be a tricky business …   especially when things are priced $1.99 here and $2.99 there. So reasonable. So affordable. And before I know it I’ve $1.99 and $2.99’d myself to a $50 cart of merchandise.   So my new plan of attack has been to go […]

Paper Ornaments

Christmas Crafts with Paper

I’ve been kursed …   by the Kardashians.   It happened innocently enough. It was lunch time and I was looking for a little tv distraction while I ate my Progresso soup. I wasn’t in the mood for House Hunters. Or a Grey’s Anatomy repeat I’ve seen at least six times before.   And there […]

How To Paint Builder Grade Cabinets

Paint Builder Grade Cabinets: How To Compete Tutorial from Prep and Priming to Spray Painting

  Let’s start this how to paint builder grade cabinets post with a reminder of the before. A before of the after the first time I painted our builder grade kitchen cabinets.     In chocolate brown.     That time around I used an oil-based paint. Which was messy. And smelly. And took forever […]

Holiday Table Setting Idea in Red & White (& Black)

Red White Black Holiday Table Setting Idea

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I remember the very first time I hosted a holiday dinner …   I was a mess. A-crazy-pulling-my-hair-out-of-my-head-mess.   I spent the week leading up to the event cleaning like a crazy woman. On my hands […]

Christmas Craft Ideas

Christmas Craft ideas

I have a burning question on this chilly November morning: What’s with all the hacks?   Life hacks. Food hacks. Furniture hacks. Parenting hacks. Have we become the hack generation? And should we brace ourselves for some Christmas hacks? And if so, what would — or could — they be?   Would leaving your lights up year-round be a […]

What’s That Gnarly Thing? Ginger Root Tea

How To Make Ginger Root Tea

My metabolism died on February 14, 2012.   I know the exact date because it’s the day I gave up my pack-a-day smoking habit.   Though, I’m not sure about the exact time. I’ll venture a guess that it was around 6:00 AM; the time I would have lit up my first of the day.   […]

Fall in the Family Room

Blue and Brown Fall Decor

  I feel like I need to come clean with you all.   Hopefully you’ll see the irony.   Because ….   well …   even though this blog is about my home, I’m not feeling the love for it anymore.   The home, that is. Not the blog.   And I haven’t been feeling […]

Christmas in October

Red White Christmas Ornament

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of At Home for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.   I know what you’re thinking.   You wake up on a crisp autumn day. But it’s not just any autumn day. It’s a rare Saturday Halloween day.   A day destined (weather permitting) to […]

Martha’s Spider Wreath

Halloween Craft Ideas: Spider Wreath

  Halloween and I had a bit of a falling out this year.   I’m not sure why.     Perhaps because my trick-or-treaters are too old for tricks and now stay home with me to hand out treats?   Or maybe it’s because we’re down one treater-hander-outer with my son in college?   Or […]

Top 25 Posts of All (My) Time


I’ve never been much for anniversaries.   In fact, there were a couple of years when my husband and I both forget our wedding anniversary. We know the month. We would even talk about going out to dinner on the weekend nearest the date. But when the 21st rolled around, we would forget. And then one […]

Deep Thoughts & Paper Pumpkins

How To Make Paper Pumpkins

Pumpkin.   P-U-M-P-K-I-N.   What a funny looking word, right? And as I typed up this post I kept looking at it again and again. Thinking that it looked wrong. Like it couldn’t possibly be spelled that way.   So I Googled ‘how to spell pumpkin.’   And it came back P-U-M-P-K-I-N.   So I […]